Sweep Southern Idaho
The Western Nevada College baseball team remains undefeated in the Scenic West Athletic Conference after sweeping the College of Southern Idaho this past weekend. The Wildcats have won 16 straight conference games, and stand 23-8 overall.
Coach DJ Whittemore said it was the first time WNC has ever swept CSI, a perennial contender in the highly regarded SWAC.
"We have always had great respect for CSI's coaches, players and the entire program, so sweeping them for the first time is very special. To do it in their park makes it even more remarkable, because it's always been very difficult to beat them at the "Skip".
On Friday, the Wildcats edged out CSI, 3-1 and 6-5. In the first game, it was CSI who led early, grabbing a run in the second inning. The Wildcats allowed nothing more from the Golden Eagles. Pitcher Anthony Consiglio struck out nine batters and allowed only four hits to earn the win. Scoring from the Wildcats came in the fourth inning with a solo home run by Beau Day. In the sixth inning, Connor Eppard singled, Sean Potkay walked and Zach Hendrix singled to score Eppard. Potkay scored by stealing home.
In the second match-up, WNC grabbed three runs in the third inning when Tanner Nielsen singled, Chris Woolley reached on an error and Eppard doubled to score Nielsen. Potkay hit a sacrifice fly to score Woolley, and Day grounded out to score Eppard. The Wildcats scored three more in the fifth when Woolley singled and was brought home on a double by Eppard. Potkay grounded out to score Eppard, and Day singled and later scored on an RBI single by Jonathan Sigado. WNC snagged an impressive 15 hits from CSI, including additional singles by Woolley, Hendrix (2), Nielsen (2), Sean Dwyer, and Potkay and a double by Eppard. Pitcher Andrew Woeck worked seven innings and struck out ten batters to earn the win.
On Saturday, WNC won 6-4 and 4-2. In game one, Western scored one run in the third when Pat McMeel doubled and was brought home on a sacrifice by Woolley. The Wildcats carried their momentum into the fourth inning, grabbing three additional runs when Day singled, Brooks Klein was intentionally walked and Sigado singled. McMeel singled to score two runners. Sigado scored on a ground out by Nielsen. The fifth inning started much like the fourth. Day singled, and Klein was intentionally walked. Day scored on a wild pitch and Klein scored on a passed ball. Also tapping hits for WNC were Klein, Woolley and Potkay, who got singles and Eppard, who smacked a double. Brandon Jackson started on the mound and pitched three innings before being relieved by Chris Garrison. Kody Gorden relieved Garrison after one inning. Garrison earned the win.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats were quiet until the fifth when Neil Lawhorn and Taylor Smart (RBI) doubled. Nielsen walked and Day tripled to score Smart and Nielsen. WNC padded the lead in the seventh when Donald Glover singled and was brought home on a single by Day. Pitcher Matt Robertson got the win.
Whittemore said the entire team contributed to the sweep. "We are playing harder than any team we have ever had at Western and our leadership is outstanding. Our guys fought every pitch and every inning in all four games. When you do that you give yourself a great chance at a favorable result."
The Wildcats won't have much time to relish the wins. They travel to Utah to face Salt Lake Community College, Friday-Saturday, April 1-2. SLCC owns a 30-2 overall record, and sits just one game behind WNC in the SWAC.
Whittemore says, "Our reward for sweeping CSI is to face what will likely be the top ranked team in the country this week in Salt Lake. Their record speaks volumes about their talent. We are excited to test ourselves against them this weekend and we hope to prove to be competitive."
Fans can listen to the games online at CARSON NOW. Announcer Chris Graham will broadcast the play-by-play.
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